AI Legal Issues are on the Radar at the ABA

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A Presidential Executive Order on AI has been issued.

Artificial intelligence is top of mind at the American Bar Association.

The ABA convened a day-long forum in Washington, DC on November 9 to examine the intersection between artificial intelligence and antitrust law. At the forum, experts also discussed the recent Presidential Executive Order, which established new standards for AI safety and security.

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The ABA forum focused on the “nuts and bolts” of AI technology, how algorithms might affect pricing and service and raise anticompetitive outcomes, and how best to employ AI in litigation, audits and investigations.

One speaker, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there may be a need to coordinate federal AI policy and enforcement.

From the ABA:
“The president’s executive order covers privacy, equity and civil rights, and innovation. In the Oct. 30 announcement, the White House billed the new policy as a means for the U.S. to lead in seizing the promise and managing the risks of artificial intelligence.

‘Right now, there’s a lot of authority, but it’s kind of sprinkled around the government. Maybe what we need is one office of artificial intelligence, for lack of a better word, that can combine and oversee this licensing regime,’ Blumenthal said, pointing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its authority as a potential model.’

The ABA has several initiatives focused on AI, including a Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence established by President Mary Smith to examine the impact of AI on law practice and the ethical implications for lawyers.’

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